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US: Unlikely Allies

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 16 Aug 2015 - A Bipartisan Push for Sentencing Reform Unites President Obama and the Koch Brothers, but Many Are Still Waiting Behind Bars The gleaming black granite tower where conservative billionaire Charles Koch oversees an empire of multinational corporations is 1,500 miles and worlds away from the California prison cell of Weldon Angelos.

US MD: Editorial: Fewer Prisoners, Less Crime

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 16 Aug 2015 - Maryland Can Follow in the Footsteps of Other States That Have Increased Public Safety While Reducing Spending on Prisons The number of inmates in Maryland's prisons has dropped 10 percent since 2006, and crime has fallen at the same time. Yet the state corrections department has seen an inflation-adjusted budget increase of 35 percent during that period. Something is wrong here, and an unusual coalition of Maryland's leaders from both parties and all three branches of government is trying to find the solution.

US OH: Pot Foes Set To Launch Campaign

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 07:00
Dayton Daily News, 15 Aug 2015 - Coalition Plans Monday Kickoff. Faction to Include Medical, Business and Faith Groups. Children are likely to be a big part of the campaigns both for and against marijuana legalization in Ohio.

CN MB: Mounties Must Return Marijuana

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 15 Aug 2015 - MOUNTIES will have to give back the weed they seized after mistakenly raiding a grow-op, only to later learn the owner had a valid permit to grow medical marijuana. The property owner, Brandon resident Jerry Pomehichuk, suggests the incident highlights law enforcement isn't keeping up with medical-marijuana laws.

CN BC: Column: Get Your Pot Shop Applications Soon

Sun, 08/16/2015 - 07:00
Vancouver Courier, 13 Aug 2015 - Some of you may have read my story this week about the City of Vancouver hosting private sessions for current and potential pot shop operators on how to "successfully" obtain a business licence for the illegal dispensaries. I know, it seems contradictory doesn't it - a legal business licence for an illegal activity.

US OH: Marijuana Legalization Measure Makes Fall Ballot

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 13 Aug 2015 - The stage is set for a high-stakes game of power politics as Ohioans decide whether they want to legalize the personal and medicinal use of marijuana. Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted certified on Wednesday that ResponsibleOhio has enough valid signatures of registered voters to qualify its marijuana-legalization issue for the Nov. 3 ballot.

US OH: Pot Battle Turns Focus To Kids

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:00
Columbus Dispatch, 14 Aug 2015 - Children are likely to be a big part of the campaigns both for and against marijuana legalization in Ohio. The location of Monday's 2 p.m. campaign kickoff by a coalition opposing ResponsibleOhio's for-profit legalization plan is a giveaway: Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Canada: OPED: Why Is An Opiate Antidote Harder To Obtain Than

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 14 Aug 2015 - Recent overdose figures from the Canadian Community Epidemiology Network on Drug Use confirm one thing: Anyone who wants opiate drugs can get them. The network's bulletin, released this week, focuses on fentanyl, a synthetic opiate about 100 times more potent than morphine. The report notes that fentanyl contributed to at least 655 Canadian deaths from 2009 to 2014 - an average of one death every three days. And in British Columbia, which has long experienced high rates of opiate use, fentanyl-detected deaths increased 700 per cent from 2012 to 2014.

US OH: Ohio To Vote On Legalizing Marijuana

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug 2015 - Ohio will vote on a constitutional amendment to legalize marijuana in November, state officials have announced. If the measure passes, Ohio would become the first Midwestern state to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, joining four other states and the District of Columbia.

US MD: Officials Seeking Cannabis Answers

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 14 Aug 2015 - Counties Concerned About Nuts and Bolts of Medical Marijuana OCEAN CITY - County officials from across Maryland packed an information session here Thursday, seeking guidance now that entrepreneurs are scouting locations to grow and sell marijuana for medical use.

US: Letter From Obama, And Now A Second Chance

Sat, 08/15/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 15 Aug 2015 - MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Rudolph Norris walked out of Morgantown federal prison two weeks ago carrying a duffel bag like no other. First, he had spent six months hand-stitching it himself from dozens of mottled leather scraps, symbolizing the shards of his life he longed to piece back together. Then he unzipped it and pulled out his invitation to try. "Dear Rudolph," the letter began, "I wanted to personally inform you that I have granted your application for commutation."

Canada: Health Canada Cracks Down On Pot-Shop Ads

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 14 Aug 2015 - Public-Health Researcher Says It Seems a Different Standard Is Being Applied to Marijuana Than to Prescription-Drug Advertising When the program guide for the Vancouver International Jazz Festival came out this past June, it included advertisements for four dispensaries that illegally sell marijuana. The dispensaries are among the hundred or so pot shops that have opened up throughout the city in the past several years.

CN NS: High Time For A Change

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:00
The Coast, 13 Aug 2015 - The sixth annual PEACE EAST festival wants to clear the air on medical marijuana. Six years in, PEACE EAST keeps growing. The three-day outdoor festival in Middle Musquodoboit is Atlantic Canada's annual epicenter for cannabis consumers, advocates and caregivers to celebrate the tireless fight against the war on drugs. There's music, lectures, workshops and plenty of chances to get inspired. And, no, it's not just some hippie fest in the woods.

CN ON: Editorial: One Toke Over The Line

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 13 Aug 2015 - One toke over the line, sweet Jesus. One toke over the line. That's pretty much how a hyperventilating Conservative Leader Stephen Harper came across this week as he accused his chief election rivals of being soft on drugs.

Canada: PM Firm On Drugs

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 12 Aug 2015 - 'Most Canadians' don't want marijuana legalized, Harper says When it comes to legalizing marijuana, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper is just saying no and he thinks "most Canadians" agree. Harper warned voters Tuesday that only a Conservative government would maintain a tough stance on marijuana and supervised injection sites. Both the Liberals and NDP have come out in favour of loosening the laws around marijuana but Harper argued that was the "wrong direction for society."

Canada: Trudeau Goes On The Attack Over Senate

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 12 Aug 2015 - With the curtain about to rise on the climactic second act of the Mike Duffy trial, Justin Trudeau promised Tuesday to clean up the scandal-tainted Senate, while Stephen Harper set his sights on neighbourhood drug labs. The Liberal leader vowed to clean up the prime minister 's "mess," accusing Harper of leading the "most secretive, divisive and hyper-partisan government in Canada's history."

Canada: Tory Plan Would Boost RCMP Funding

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 12 Aug 2015 - Changing laws on marijuana would reverse a decline in usage in Canada, Harper says MARKHAM, Ont. - Stephen Harper says a majority of Canadians agree with his opposition to legalizing marijuana, proving he's not behind the times on the way forward on pot.

CN MB: Ex-Cop's Evolving Thought On Pot

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 13 Aug 2015 - ONCE, as a staff sergeant of detectives, Bill VanderGraaf was a warrior leading Winnipeg's version of the war on drugs. Now, the retired former cop is the leading local voice on the decriminalization and regulation of street drugs. Pot in particular. So what happened to VanderGraaf between then and now?

CN ON: More Drug-Dependent Babies Born Locally

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:00
The Observer, 12 Aug 2015 - Bluewater Health Supportive of Moms With Drug Dependencies The rate of babies born in Sarnia-Lambton with a drug dependency inherited from their moms is much higher than the provincial average, a recent public health report says.

Canada: Report Debunks Cannabis Claims

Fri, 08/14/2015 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 13 Aug 2015 - Conservative Canadian politicians continue to feed myths such as the legalization of marijuana in Colorado has led to a spike in teen use and that a clear link has been established between cannabis use and mental illness, says an international network of drug policy scientists and academics. The Toronto-based International Centre for Science in Drug Policy attempted to inject itself into the federal election campaign on Wednesday by releasing a list of 11 common claims about the use and regulation of pot that research shows are actually incorrect. Such false claims about marijuana lead to policies that actually put youth at risk, the researchers say.